Here's a quick tip for trying to match colors to your decor. You could bring a fabric swatch with you, but what if you have several swatches? If you can match ribbons to your particular fabrics, that gives you a more solid block of your desired colors. Remember this pillow?
I promise the ribbons match the floral better than it seems. And more importantly, I matched that blue and the brown to other fabrics I want to use. So I just cut some short pieces and taped them to a 3" x 5" card:
I carry it in my planner in my purse. So when I'm at the store and find something I think might match, I can judge quickly (and accurately) how close it is. It's how I picked the fabric for this pillow:
And, as you can see, the salmon pinks match just about perfectly.
Anybody else have some tips for matching when you're out and about and looking for deals?
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